Reported £120,000-a-week Arsenal contract offer for Ben White makes sense on one condition – TBR View
Arsenal are inching ever closer to signing Ben White, with reports suggesting that there is now a total agreement for the defender.
As reported by the Times, the England international will have his medical with the north London side next week after he returns from holiday.
The deal is expected to cost Arsenal £50m, making White one of the club’s most expensive signings.
Indeed, the transfer has plenty of supporters excited. Yet as per the Times, the finances of the deal could be a cause of worry for Arsenal. The report claims that the centre-back will earn £120,000-a-week.
Arsenal have offered bumper contract to Ben White
As figures from Salary Sport show, this will easily make White the highest-paid defender at Arsenal. Hector Bellerin earns a reported £110,000-a-week. Whilst Gabriel makes well under half of what the Brighton star will make at £51,000-a-week.
Indeed, the money involved for a player who has only played one season of Premier League football seems almost ludicrous.
Doubly so when you take into account that centre-back is a position that most Arsenal supporters would have felt, before the start of the window, did not need touching, let alone a £50m signing.
Yet this is the decision that Mikel Arteta has made and believes will be best for the club. Indeed, it could also hint that Arsenal might be about to confirm a slew of departures.
With the Gunners one of the top clubs in England, plenty of players earn well above their market value. Sead Kolasinac, for example, is on £100,000-a-week, as is Granit Xhaka.
Deal could hint at departures for the Gunners
Yet both names are heavily linked with moves away from north London. And the club’s confidence in awarding White a bumper contract could indicate that the wage bill is about to be dramatically reduced.
Indeed, if Arsenal are to complete the signing of White and shed off a whopping £200,000-a-week off the wage bill, £310,000-a-week if Bellerin also leaves the Gunners, then the finances behind signing the England star make logical sense.
However, this is Arsenal we are talking about. Transfers are never easy with the north London side, especially when it comes to selling players.
And it would not come to any fan’s surprise if the transfer window ends and names deemed unwanted remain with the club due to Arteta and Edu’s failure to move them on.
The Arsenal duo have a huge job on their hands, and they are taking a huge financial risk with White in both the transfer fee and wage they are reportedly paying for the 23-year-old centre-back.
If they fail to shift off a good number of players this summer to balance out the books, Arsenal fans will have serious questions over Arteta and Edu.